By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00
Liverpool beat Southampton 2-1 away from home just three days after winning the UEFA Super Cup. Jurgen Klopp’s side endured a tough game against the Saints after the short turn around period from their win in Istanbul.
Goals from Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino would put the Reds two goals ahead with strikes either side of the break, before Adrián would gift familiar face Danny Ings with an easy goal in the 83rd minute.
Liverpool started the game off similarly to their midweek game – lacklustre. The Reds struggled to create any real problems for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side and it was Southampton who would create the better chances.
The visitors needed a spark or a bit of magic if they were going to go into the break in front. It was provided at the very end of the first half by Super Cup-goalscorer Sadio Mané.
Continuing from his double in Istanbul, the Senegalese impressed against his former club. Just when it was looking like the two sides were going to be goalless at the break, the forward combined with James Milner before shifting inside. The No.10 then unleashed a thunderbolt into the top right corner of Angus Gunn’s net just before half time.
Mané would later become creator, repaying Firmino for his two assists on Wednesday by setting up the Brazilian at St. Mary’s. Sadio regained possession high up the pitch before releasing the ball into the path of the No.9, who beat the goalkeeper with a fantastic finish into the bottom left.
Even when Liverpool are not at their best, they have game-changers and difference-makers who can pop up with a piece of magic to score or create a goal for Jurgen Klopp’s team. This time the magic came from Sadio Mané.
Despite only three weeks of rest from last season to this season, he is looking sharp, quick and as good as he always has been. With all three frontmen now off the mark in the Premier League hopefully the Reds can continue their winning start against Arsenal on Saturday and pick up another three points.